Showing posts with label art provenance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art provenance. Show all posts

Dec 14, 2022

Art Provenance Texts as Data: Restitution Histories in Auction Catalogs

Adolph Menzel, restituted to the heirs of Walter Westfeld

When Nazi-looted artworks are restituted, families are often obliged to sell at least some of the artworks. For this they turn to auction houses. As a result, the provenances published by auction houses may provide valuable insights into the art market networks that handled the looted art until the time of restitution

Below is a selection of several provenances published online by Sotheby's. Some of the provenance texts indicate that artworks put up for auction had previously been restituted to the families of persecuted collectors. 

For the artworks that have been restituted, the provenances - before the restitution - offer clues to how the resale market for Nazi-looted art worked. Through which hands did the artworks pass? Do any names recur? 

Sep 10, 2022

Dataset for Art Provenance Research: Eskenazi Art Museum Provenance 2020

This art provenance datasets contains publicly available information originally published online by the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University Bloomington. The provenance dataset has been formatted as a CSV file for easy download and analysis with digital tools.  This historical dataset is intended to facilitate research into Holocaust-era provenance for scholars, art historians and families. 

For recent provenance information, please contact the museum.

SOURCE: Eskenazi Museum of Art at Indiana University Bloomington public website

DATE of PROVENANCE DATASET: February 29, 2020